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With Walt Disney World closed due to COVID-19, I've been missing the parks like crazy. I'm looking forward to the day the parks are able to safely reopen (but I'll still tread with caution!), but in the meantime, I wanted to be able to bring some of the magic into my home - more specifically, my kitchen.
I saw Disney Parks Blog sharing their #DisneyMagicMoments, which have been amazing and includes a "Cooking Up the Magic At Home" selection of Disney recipes. I've been drooling over a lot of them, but upon seeing the points values in the Weight Watchers app, I was shocked and knew there had to be a way to take these recipes and modify them so I could still enjoy the flavors of my favorite place without giving my food tracker the kiss of death.
And by all means - if you want to follow Disney's recipes to the T because the last thing you're worried about is food right now, then go for it! But for me, one of the things I can control is my eating. I hope you can enjoy my lightened up versions of these Disney recipes, too!
While I work on modifying some of the other recipes, I figured I'd start with something simple and tried-and-true: Dole Whip! My husband and I love to make this two-ingredient knock off of Dole Whip at home every summer, and it was perfect after a long bike ride this weekend. This Dole Whip is Zero SmartPoints on all myWW programs and contains just two things: frozen pineapple and frozen banana.
Now, Weight Watchers friends, I know what you're about to say: Jess, isn't blended fruit points because of how we eat it? Yes! However, things get a little different when making "nice cream" with bananas. When you look up different Weight Watchers ice cream recipes with banana, they all come to Zero Points (unless there's other stuff with points values added). Weight Watchers Canada explains it even further: research shows that when you have something in a smoothie that requires a straw, you're not chewing. The lack of chewing may impact the signals that go off between your stomach and the brain. When you're using a spoon, however, that means you're experiencing eating rather than drinking, so you're less likely to overindulge.
The secret to how I get my homemade Dole Whip to have the perfect texture is a Yonanas machine. I love making "nice cream" with it! I received it as a wedding shower gift and my husband and I love experimenting with different fruit combinations to make, and Dole Whip remains our favorite. You use the nozzle to push the frozen fruit into, using a slightly overripe banana that's been frozen and slightly thawed (it comes with a book that gives you some pro tips and some recipes) and whatever other fruit you want to use.
Here's the beauty of this recipe, too: I absolutely hate bananas. Like, with a burning passion. But when you blend it with other fruit to make nice cream, I barely even taste it! With the Yonanas, I like to alternate the order in which the fruit goes in - a little banana, then a little pineapple, then a little banana, so on and so fort - so that way it blends nice and evenly. I can barely tell that it's in there - it's present, but the pineapple really overpowers it.
If you don't have a Yonanas machine but you do have a food processor or a blender, I imagine either of those options would do the trick. However, if you're using a blender, you may want to experiment with adding ice to see how the consistency comes out - it may take some trial and error, but would work nonetheless!
So, with all that being said, now you're ready to make your own Polynesian Resort or Aloha Isle inspired dessert at home! This treat is low calorie, no SmartPoints on all myWW plans, and super refreshing as the weather gets hot - especially as we all miss Disney right now.
Two IngredienT DOle Whip
Nutritional info per serving (per MyFitnessPal):
Fat: 0.2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 0.6 mg
Carbohydrates: 29.8 g
Fiber: 3.3 g
Sugar: 19 g
Added Sugar: 0 g
Protein: 1.5 g
0 SP on all myWW plans
P.S. If you really don't want to blend some fruit up for a pretty close copycat... you can buy a 4.4 pound bag of the dry Dole mix on Amazon in any flavor (depending on what's in stock). It makes 89 half cup servings, so I imagine it would last you a really long time or be best off in a commercial freezer, but these are weird times. Do what makes you happy. ?
Have you tried this recipe?
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Jessica is a huge Disney and Star Wars nerd who channeled that love into motivation to lose 75 lbs.